…And then it hits, you wake up feeling groggy and disoriented as you reach for the source of liquid that you (hopefully) left for yourself the night before. You take your first sip and the crushing realization that your weekend is over sets in and its Sunday. What do you do next? You decide you need a satisfying breakfast that will not only help your mental Sunday scaries but curb your staggering hunger.
Good news is, we have all been there before! That’s why I want to share some great breakfast spots that will not only help your Sunday scaries, but are just down right delicious. So I present to you my top 5 favorite breakfast spots on the east side.
- Space Market –University Place #1 New York, NY
Pros: Delicious made to order egg sandwiches where the bagels are equally as good as their rolls/heroes. Cheap egg sandwiches with platter options as well. Right next to Washington Square Park.
Cons: In the heart of NYU, so be prepared for heavy hungover college crew from 11-1 on the weekends.
What to Expect: I heard a lot about this place from other websites and through word of mouth, but was not expecting it to be what it is. Space Market is actually a grocery store and you order at the deli counter. The staff is friendly and although the signs say “breakfast specials are over by 11:30 am”, they will still happily make you a breakfast past then.
P.S. Their lunch sandwiches are excellent as well!
- Black Seed Bagel – 176 1st Avenue New York, NY
Pros: There are two shops, the one mentioned above and another in LES on Elizabeth Street. Delicious, in-house made, bagels that you can watch being made as you wait online. Creative and different “Schmears” as they call it.
Cons: The weekend morning crowd can cause some very long lines. The best time not to go would be from 9 to 11 am. Can be on the pricier side for not the biggest bagel.
What to Expect: The east village location is narrow in the front, which sometimes pushes the line outside and around the block, but opens up with some seating in the back. The line may look long but it moves fast and the wait is worth it. Plus, you get to watch how they make the bagels, which passes time.
- Ess-A-Bagel – 324 1st Avenue New York, NY
Pros: Definition of bigger is better. If you are looking for delicious bagels on the bigger side, this is your place. There is a reason why this bagel spot has a cult following and that’s because it’s been a staple in NY and consistently dishes out amazing bagels. These bagels are kosher too!
Cons: Another massive line spot that seems to be wrapped around the door. Their newest location is far on the east side on 1st avenue and 19th, which is out of the way for many unless you live in stuytown/peter cooper village.
What to Expect: The original Ess-a-bagel, on 1st and 20th, was closed and replaced by a Tal bagel. They did however re-open, basically across the street, in a brand new space that gives, this NYC staple, a more modern look. They also have another location in midtown east on 3rd avenue between 50th and 51st street. But expect to enjoy mouthwatering jumbo sized kosher bagels!
- Tompkins Square Bagels –165 Avenue A New York, NY
Pros: Have you ever seen pictures of the tie die bagels circulating social media? Yep this place is one of those spots that offer them. They are also not just a bagel shop. They serve your traditional breakfast food, from pancakes to egg plates with home fries. You can pick up your credit card you left at Ace Bar or Doc Holidays on the way there.
Cons: It’s the only place that offers an extremely good breakfast so it tends to be a hotspot. Their max peak is usually from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. on the weekends.
What to Expect: A friendly urban bagel shop that does it right. From the moment you walk in you can tell it’s a neighborhood favorite. Owner Steve D’nafrio was bread to make delicious bagels as he worked at Bake City Bagel’s as a kid. For those of you who don’t know or who are not familiar with this Brooklyn establishment, Bake City Bagel’s has opened multiple top bagel shops. Not to name drop but, the bagel shop and the bagel hole are some examples, which are located in Brooklyn. So go in and check it out for yourself.
- Egg Shop–151 Elizabeth Street New York, NY
Pros: BREAKFAST ALL DAY (essentially) from 8 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and from 8 a.m. till 1 a.m. on weekends.
Cons: None that I can think of. No reservations FYI.
What to Expect: Trendy delicious all day breakfast cafe in the LES. Although it’s a restaurant and you can’t bring your blanket and pillow to sleep off your Friday and Saturday nights, you should get yourself up and get down to this all day breakfast joint. This place is worth enduring your hangover in public, and hey you can grab yourself a drink while you wait for your meal. I would go with the Hot Pants (Knobb Creek smoked maple bourbon, lemon, butterscotch, amaro nonino, and shaved nutmeg).